Kerry gets a Mulligan from CBS, whose producer gives him a second chance to nail a too-long sound bite. Does Bush get do-overs? It’s bias I tell you! … Actually, of course, it’s the institutional needs of CBS–they have to have something to go on the news. The old strategy for a candidate was to say only one usable thing every day, and then the nets would have to go with that. Kerry may be pioneering a new strategy of giving the networks nothing usable, thus reducing them to utter desperation, after which they will probably give him free expert wording tips and accept a soundbite of twice they length they had originally planned…
Instapundit asks: “Is it Bias?”
Of course it is bias- but like most media bias, it is not bias because towards the left or the right, it is a built-in bias towards laziness. Most reporters don’t know much, don’t care much, and if given the choice, will take the easy way out. And the reporting shows it.